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The Islington Archaeology & History Society is here to investigate, learn and celebrate the heritage that is left to us. We host lectures and other events, organise walks and produce a quarterly journal. The society, its events, shop and journal are run entirely by volunteers.

On this page: Events Historical and literary walks Journal Our 18th century Islington font

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Events

We host 10 lectures a year, usually at Islington Town Hall on Upper Street, N1, as well as book launches and joint events. Talks are free to members; we ask non-members for a £1 donation.

The society runs history walks, including regular George Orwell walks – click here for information on walks.


Wednesday 15 March, 7.30pm, Islington Town Hall

The Swedenborg Society 

Richard Lines, author of A History of the Swedenborg Society and former Swedenborg Society trustee

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) was a philosopher, scientist, inventor, astronomer, mathematician, parliamentary figure and theologian. He had a prolific career as an inventor and scientist; among his designs was a flying machine. Later in life, he became increasingly involved in spiritual matters and wrote 18 published theological works, including a book on the afterlife, Heaven and Hell.

He knew London well and died at Cold Bath Fields, Clerkenwell, in March 1772.

Established in 1810, the Swedenborg Society translates and publishes Swedenborg’s works. Richard Lines was secretary of the Swedenborg Society from 2002 to 2014 and a trustee for nearly 20 years.

Wednesday 19 April, 7.30pm, Islington Town Hall

The Stuart Low Trust, past and present 

Virginia Low, founder, Stuart Low Trust

Stuart Low Trust was founded in memory of Stuart Low, a young Islington man with a diagnosis of schizophrenia who took his own life after failing to find the support he needed to cope. The charity aims to counter the downward spiral of mental illness and social isolation by providing a welcoming place of support and community in a non-judgemental space. It runs a variety of activities, most of which are free or low cost and held in the evening or at weekends.

Virginia Low will speak on the trust’s work and history; someone will also talk about the trust from a participant or volunteer perspective.

Wednesday 17 May, 7.30pm, Islington Town Hall

’The sky was lurid With flame’ – Germany's First World War bomber offensive against London 

Ian Castle

Ian Castle has written three books on different aspects of the air offensive against Britain in the First World War and has worked on TV programmes that have been shown on the BBC, Channel 4 and the History Channel.  

http://www.iancastlezeppelin.co.uk/

Wednesday 21 June, 7.30pm, Islington Town Hall

Five Hundred Years of Richard Cloudesley’s Charity 

Cloudesley gives grants to address poverty and ill health, including mental ill health and disability, and to the Anglican churches in Islington.

The charity was endowed by the will of Richard Cloudesley made on 13 January 1517 and, for nearly 500 years, has worked to carry out his original intentions, which were to serve the churches and medical needs of people in the Ancient Parish of Islington.

Read about the charity, its work and its history at http://richardcloudesleyscharity.org.uk

7pm, AGM

This event will be preceded by the Islington Archaeology & History Society annual general meeting at 7pm.





Events contacts

If you are interested in giving a talk to the society, please contact chairman Andrew Gardner on Andy [at] islingtonhistory.org.uk

If you are running an event, such as a local history fair or community festival, and think we would be interested in running a stall, please contact Catherine Brighty on 020 7833 1541, catherine.brighteyes [at] hotmail.co.uk, 8 Wynyatt Street, EC1V 7HU

Events we are attending and organising are listed on our Facebook group page at www.facebook.com/groups/islingtonhistory

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Historical and literary walks

A great way to see Islington’s history is through one of our walks. These look at places including Canonbury, Angel, Barnsbury and its squares and the Regent’s canal.

Our Islington Back and Forth stroll looks at distant and recent local history from Angel to the New River and Canonbury, noting literary figures along the way including Tom Paine, John and Charles Wesley, Charles Dickens, George Orwell, Joe Orton and Douglas Adams.

Andrew Gardner, the society chairman, also leads guided tours of the grade I listed Union Chapel, which includes visiting areas rarely open to the public.

For more information, to join or organise a walk for a group of friends of family, contact walks [at] islingtonhistory.org.uk

 

George Orwell walks

A favourite is the George Orwell walk. Orwell was at his most prolific during his time in Islington. While he was living at 27b Canonbury Square, Animal Farm was published and he worked on drafts of Nineteen Eighty-Four, published numerous essays and articles, and broadcast extensively.

Proceeds from these walks are divided between the Islington Archaeology & History Society and the Margins Project at the Union Chapel,which works with homeless, isolated and marginalised people in Islington, helping them to break the cycle of poverty and crisis, and regain control of their lives.

For more information on walks and booking, email Andy on walks [at] islingtonhistory.org.uk.

 

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Journal of the Islington
        Archaeology & History Society journal cover
Journal of the Islington Archaeology & History Society

The society produces a quarterly journal, which is sent to members. Back copies can be downloaded from www.clcomms.com/iahs.

We welcome articles on local history, memories and research, and information on books and events. If you would like to write for the journal or have some memories or pictures you would like to share with readers, or have questions you think readers could ask, contact the journal editor Christy Lawrance at christy [at] islingtonhistory.org.uk

Books for review should be sent to Christy Lawrance c/o 6 Northview, Tufnell Park Road, N7 0QB

 

 

Typography: an 18th century banner font

Our heading in the banner image uses a Caslon font.

William Caslon ran England’s leading typefoundry in the 18th and early 19th century. He was the first major letter founder in London and remains the most notable letter founder this country has produced

His premises in Chiswell Street, in Clerkenwell in the south of Islington, were established in 1734 and continued to trade until 1936. While at Chiswell Street, Caslon staged monthly organ concerts and served beer he brewed himself.

The Caslon variant in our banner images was designed by Carol Twombly and is based on the Caslon’s specimen pages printed between 1734 and 1770.

The story of William Caslon and his typefoundry can be read on Spitalfields Life.

 


 

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